WHAS Crusade

About the WHAS Crusade for Children

The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for schools, agencies and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children. In its first 55 years, the Crusade has raised more than $128 million.

Thanks to generous contributions of goods and services, the Crusade is able to return 100% of all donations to organizations that serve special needs children in all 120 Kentucky counties and more than 50 southern Indiana counties. Fire departments raise more than 50 percent of the money each year by staging road blocks and other events.

Approximately 3 million children have been helped by the Crusade since 1954.  www.crusadeforchildren.org


New records by organizations contribute to another successful Crusade

The 30-hour Internet/radio/telethon was highlighted by a variety show, featuring the Misty Mountain String Band, hosted by WHAS11’s Rachel Platt and 840 WHAS radio’s Terry Meiners on Saturday, June 2. It concluded with Crusade volunteers crowding into WHAS-TV’s historic studio H (50 years old this year) singing the traditional “God Bless America” just before 7:00pm (EDT) Sunday, June 3, 2018.

“This was a special year. This community came together to make the 65th year very special in helping children with special needs,” said WHAS Crusade for Children President & CEO Dawn Lee following the telethon.

100 percent of $5,675,000 for the kids
In its first 65 years, the Crusade has raised more than $180 million for children with special needs. One hundred percent of all donations raised Crusade weekend are returned in the form of grants to agencies, schools and hospitals that make life better for children with special needs in Kentucky and southern Indiana.

It takes a cast of thousands to stage the annual miracle. From individual donors dropping pocket change into boots at firefighter road blocks to children with lemonade stands to corporations offering payroll deduction, it all comes together each year on the first weekend in June.


Crusade Fund Raising History for Shelby County Fire Department

2018 Total: $84,120.70
2017 Total: $83,183.92
2016 Total: $77,746.02
2015 Total: $69,063.53
2014 Total: $62,103.84
2013 Total: $61,176.94
2012 Total: $59,740.98
2011 Total: $56,427.33
2010 Total: $58,841.11
2009 Total: $67,090.21
2008 Total: $70,807.69
2007 Total: $93,658.32
2006 Total: $68,404.00